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Grateful Dead Live at Honolulu Civic Auditorium on 1970-01-23

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Grateful Dead Live at Honolulu Civic Auditorium on 1970-01-23

Topics Live concert

China Cat Sunflower> I Know You Rider, Black Peter, Hard To Handle, Mama Tried, Dire Wolf, Good Lovin'-> Drums-> Good Lovin', China Cat Sunflower-> I Know You Rider, Cryptical Envelopment-> Drums-> The Other One-> Dark Star-> St.Stephen> Turn On Your Love Light

Collection GratefulDead
Band/Artist Grateful Dead
Venue Honolulu Civic Auditorium
Location Honolulu, HI

Source Soundboard
Lineage ASBD > DAT > PCM-WAV > SHN
Taped by
Transferred by Teddy Goodbear and Charlie Connor


There were 2 postings of 1/23/70 when it first got circulated all those months ago. I posted 1/23/70 a few hours after someone else (I forget who) posted the same. The one I posted may have had the track marks slightly different then the other post? For this updated Lovelight, I spliced in the original (more then a few seconds at the start to fit) WITHOUT any change to the start of Lovelight... Hence, you will not be able to tell where the splice is and the track markers and transition are dead on...

To fit on 2 CDs:

I opted to put Dark Star thru Lovelight on CD2. Or I guess one could start the Drums on CD2? The entire jam from Cryptical thru Lovelight will NOT fit on even an 80 min. CDR...


Reviewer: njpg - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - January 6, 2017
Subject: -
Very sweet indeed! The Dark Star especially is one of my favorites...all short, fat, squat, ugly & yeller. Something has really changed for the better here: this Dark Star' energy is quite up to the standards of early 1969, as compared with more recent ones previous to this. Is Garcia still playing that brown Strat here? It sounds like it, so maybe by this show he's getting used to the wider frets, bitier sound, etc....?
Reviewer: clementinescaboose - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - November 29, 2015
Subject: Nice one
Decidedly the better of the two Hawaii shows, with an especially strong second half.

Garcia's opening salvo in Dark Star is one of his best: flowing, majestic phrases that build perfectly off of the main theme. There's a pretty intense space after the 1st verses, a bit wilder and wide-eyed than the 17th. However, the ending isn't quite as strong here, lacking that version's monumental extended return to the theme.

The Lovelight is also a standout; very long and hot, and one of the better versions of the year.
Reviewer: DMT - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - January 30, 2015
Subject: jerry in hawaii
the winter of 69/70 saw the largest surf ever seen in Hawaii in modern times. Consistently huge waves poured in over the course of the winter. Roads where washed out and houses swept away.
The energy was high to say the least....
The audience would have been full of tripped out hippy surfers... very groovy !
Reviewer: Chris U. - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - January 30, 2015
Subject: L O V E L I G H T
First: the quality of this recording is exceptional. Great isolation of the instruments. Incredible mix.

Seond: As many have noted, from Good Lovin' onwards this is every bit as magnificent and inspired as 2-13-70 and, at times, better than that. The Cryptical reprise goes in a completely different direction than 2-13 but does not fail to decimate. The Dark Star shares a fair amount of DNA with 2-13, to be sure, but that can only be a good thing (out of respect for this Dark Star, I'm going to listen to it about twenty or thirty more times, I think, before I return to the 2-13 version). Every so often Bear dials the sound system into the bleeding edge of shrieking feedback (or beyond -- check out the "quiet" part of St. Stephen!).

This is a surely one of the most entertaining Lovelight's in the Archive. Thirty six minutes of greasy, groovy rock and roll. Maybe Jerry's hottest ever slide guitar on tape. What got into him? The tropical island air?

And who is the immortal freak "gettin' it on" with Pigpen in Lovelight (e.g., around 11:30-? It doesn't sound like one of the Dead. It's someone else but the person doesn't seem to be identified anywhere. One of the Airplane, perhaps (I think they shared a bill with the Dead for the Hawaii shows)? Or is it some random guy from the audience? Either way: wow.

"Get me on time", indeed.
Reviewer: c-freedom - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - January 23, 2015
Subject: Don't Murder Me
I like this very mellow and very intimate show which finds the band in fine form with Weir bringing out the Yellow Dog joke/story. I wonder if that joke has made it to our Japanese Dead heads yet in Tokyo.
Already stated but a very crispy Black Peter.
I like how Bobby stumbles on Mama Tried but Jerry comes in with some great backing vocals to prop up the tune.
That little 50's tune they hit before Dire Wolf pretty interesting. (I wonder if NY lifer has it right)
Pigpen not just in the tunes but in the stage banter. Just love the way he gave the Dead that certain swagger.
With a good soundboard and a fine show of historic value for it's geographic location I got to give it 5 stars.
Good harmonies on GOOD LOVIN!!!
He had to die...
Reviewer: chris phillips - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - April 30, 2014
Subject: good spirits
This is the best Black Peter of all (next to 12/9/71).
This is a thoroughly enjoyable performance, neither jacked nor sluggish.
Reviewer: Wild - - April 27, 2013
Subject: Black Peter
This is the best Black Peter I have ever heard.
Reviewer: bdaly9 - - April 27, 2013
Subject: This show is great
I love the dark star in this show. I think it's incredible.
Reviewer: NYLifer - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - January 23, 2012
Subject: "This is 1970, Jack. Not '56!"
At about the 15 second mark of Dire Wolf Pig twice sings "Gonna find her" ala Searchin', which might be the song request that prompted that comment.
Reviewer: wdman - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - September 14, 2010
Subject: in Kaua'i now listening to this
Just a cool band playing cool tunes in a cool ass place!! It's September 13, 2010... some 40 years later and they're still rocking it out here... the music will never stop.... Love you all and love archive... Lookin for some bill while i'm here....

OK, the recording... great sound for the time... Heard so many it's hard to compare anymore...but i'd put this close to the top...great sound, good energy, you can hear all the vocals really well and they are on cue...maybe not "smoking" but enthused no doubt, hell they're in Hawaii!!!
Reviewer: Cliff Hucker - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - January 8, 2009
Subject: This is a five star show...
And likely a top ten for 1970!

Not an epic Dark Star, but from Good Lovin' through the top notch Lovelight, this really heats up! High energy and well played from start to finish, Black Peter and H2H are standout performances as well. Goodbear sound is A/A+
(99 pts)
Reviewer: - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - November 6, 2008
Subject: "This is 1970, Jack. Not '56!"
Hee hee... this is a really fun show. What a nice setlist.

Anyone else notice Bobby muttering "come on I wanna lay ya" under his breath about 16 secs into track 1?
Reviewer: _August_West_ - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - September 8, 2008
Subject: Devo's Picks
This is a fantastic show, tight, crisp, clear, what everyone has already commented on.

As a side note, I'm fairly certain that the jam that cuts in during Lovelight is from the 70-02-11 Fillmore East show with the Allman Brothers.

Follow the tour: 1970
Reviewer: garp6600 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - January 23, 2008
Subject: mahalo
Its the Grateful Dead. Its Hawaii. Its 1970. Perfect crispy sound quality here. I love this band.
Reviewer: williscat2000 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - April 28, 2006
Subject: one of my favorites
defintely a stand out..great show for the dead. they are maturing fast and furiously.

Hard to hand is sick
Reviewer: amichels - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - April 4, 2006
Subject: Take a look at poor Peter...
This is an amazing show with an awesome Black Peter! Stream this show and enjoy...
Reviewer: gruUbic - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - March 18, 2006
Subject: aloha jerr
GD 1/23/1970 - such good sounds from Hawaii - never woulda thunk it w/o the folk - thx -- I'm an east coast meat eater born about a month after this show -- nice jem! Black Peter makes jerry sound sooooo young. The boyz are tight and on w/ some rippin licks...not the shizzle, but way worthy. 5

Reviewer: macfawlty - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - October 17, 2005
Subject: A standout show for sure
I am surprised there have not been more reviews of this show. It really is a continuation of the strong, wild, powerful, trippy shows from '68. What's available from '70 is a little more spotty but this one is a standout. China Cat has a nice long transition to a great Rider. Skip the yellow dog story. Bob never was able to tell a joke. Hard to Handle is always welcome from Pig. TOO is very hardcore and transitions long into Cryptical which transitions real nice into DS. The DS may be my favorite all-time from this era. Lovelight is very eventful with some early Jerry slide in the middle but something happens around 31:48 like a cut into a Jam... not sure what's going on there, but am curious. The sound quality is really good and you can even hear some audience, which always gives a SBD more life.
Reviewer: eac - favoritefavoritefavorite - October 11, 2005
Subject: two points
Just thought I'd speak up. I was there for one of these two nights, been so long that I don't remember which night. Just wanted to point out that the Jefferson Airplane did not play that night. And the second comment was about the shows apparent lackluster. The Dead just hadn't become the popular item they were to be later. There was only about 75 people in the audience. Hard for a group to get really enthused about playing when there is such a small crowd. The auditorium would probably hold 2500 if it was filled to capacity. I still enjoyed the show a lot.
Reviewer: JaCkSTraw8995 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - October 25, 2004
Subject: yaaaaaaa
This is a great show one of the best from 1970 IMO , The dark star is magical and the Black peter is fanfuckintastic
Reviewer: dr. flashback - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - September 13, 2004
Subject: Top Ten!
One of my first 1970 SBD's and it still stacks up well to the other 1970's I've heard later. Not a long show, and I imagine they had time constraints being on the bill with JA. But very strong playing has made this a well traded favorite.
The Black Peter is soulful and well sung. But the last segment is really where they cook. Nice long versions of The Other One and Dark Star- rare in 1970 to get both. Not as special as 2/13, but certainly gets you kind and with great Jerry jamming.
Some 1970 shows have weak spots, such as when Bobby attempts Green Grass, or Pig sings The Rub.
But this one grooves all the way. A nice sounding SBD too! Kick back and crank this one up.
BTW - this whole Hawaii run would make a nice Dick's Picks set, no? Tom Constanten's last shows with the Dead.
Dr. Flashback ;-)
Reviewer: amellowsoul - favoritefavoritefavorite - June 12, 2004
Subject: Honest.
I was all psyched up about this show, being Hawaii, being '70, being T.C.'s last two shows! Man, an Other One > Dark Star? Long lovelight? Give to me! The sound is very nice and crisp.
But here is now the truth, it has good moments, but I find it mostly dull. They sound like on autopilot mode. "Other One" and "St. Stephen" are delivered well, but not one you will say, 'Check this out!' to your friends. "Dark Star" just slugs along, never really finding a groove or even a space. "Lovelight" is just isn't that exiticing either. All in all, it's neither a good or bad show, just going thru the motions. Perhaps you will enjoy it for than I have, and please remember not trying to pick a fight, I am just giving you my honest review.
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